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P-47 Thunderbolt

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-74686 Assigned to 335th FS 4th FG 8th AF 9-43, later on strength with 514th FS, 406th FG, 9th AF.
Crashed Belly Landing, Ashford/Sta 417, Cat 3 damage Pilot Bernard J Sledznik, 514FS 406FG, 9AF 12-5-44.



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    4th Fighter Group

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  • 335th Fighter Squadron

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  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Manufactured Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 1943

Built by Republic.

Delivered United States 1943


Shipped Overseas Merseyside, UK August 1943

Shipped Overseas to ETO.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK September 1943

Transferred to 335th FS 4th FG 8th AF 9-43.

Transferred Ashford, Ashford, Kent, UK 1944

Transferred to 514th FS, 406th FG, 9th AF.

Crashed Ashford, Ashford, Kent, UK 12 May 1944

Crashed Belly Landing, Ashford/Sta 417, Cat 3 damage Pilot Bernard J Sledznik, 514FS 406FG, 9AF 12-5-44.


Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 19:56:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations